Sometimes you just don’t know what to do with yourself on a Bank Holiday Monday, but believe me there is nothing better than a nice walk around Craig Forys in Betws y Coed.

Craig Forys in Betws y Coed

So yesterday, I was roped in to a bit of DIY and believe me when I say I hate DIY, but it had to be done, the sun was shining outside and the temperature was rising, so the last thing I wanted to do was sand down some skirting boards!

But thankfully, I was saved from this atrocious task, by the battery in the cordless sander dying, oh praise the god of dead batteries, FREEDOM!!

Think of somewhere to go, is by no means an easy task, living in Wales, we are spoilt for choice on places to visit, the beautiful Bodnant Gardens, Beumaris Castle and many other castles to visit.

I opted for somewhere that I love to visit and that was Betws y Coed, it’s not to far to travel and is such a lovely place to just relax and take in the gorgeous that we have been gifted with lately.

Betws y Coed, A Popular Bank Holiday Destination

But, as with any Bank Holiday weekend, I damn well that Betws would be packed with tourists, taking in the sites and heading for Swallow Falls and picnics in the village park, but then again, not many of then move outside of the village and this is where being local does help.

Cae’n y Coed, ‘field in the woods

View through the trees

So as I arrived in Betws y Coed I carried on through, travelled for around 2 miles and reached my destination and parked up at the furthest car park/picnic area of Craig Forys. A lovely area and clean, always nice to see somewhere that isn’t totally destroyed by people leaving rubbish everywhere! Although some careless people don’t take it with them.

Forest walk

Anyway, once parked, it’s just a case of heading to the sign to take start the walk through the forest, it’s an easy walk with an initial 200ft/60m climb. The walk should take around 1 hour and is a distance of 1.4m/2.3km.  After a steady climb through gorgeous woodland, the walk eases of with Moel Siabod coming into view.

Forest walk

After a short while you are on the downward walk which will bring you back around to the car park, but you will have to have a steady up hill walk back to the top car park, if you are parked there.

View through the forest

I have to say that this is certainly the best way to spend a Bank Holiday, taking a picnic basket with you, having something to eat and enjoying nature and the great outdoors, my dogs also loved it, they slept all the way back home in the car, must have really tired them out.

Saying that though, I tired myself out, yes I know it was only 1.4 miles, but I am out of practise since my last big walk, which was last September up Snowdon, now that IS one heck of an experience, if you are in to walking then Snowdon is the walk you MUST do.

But if you aren’t a big walker then this nice walk in Betws y Coed is ideal, not only that, but if the village isn’t too busy, you can end the day in one of the lovely restaurants with a nice meal with local ingredients, what could be better.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham